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Towards the full automation of distribution centers : challenges and solutions enabling convenient applications of autonomous systems for low standardized logistic processes

  • In this paper it is first identified the trade-off among costs, flexibility and performances of autonomous robotic solutions for material handling processes, where adding value with automation is not as trivial as in production processes: hence the requirement for automated solutions to be simple, lean and efficient becomes even stricter. Then a method for modelling and comparing differential performances and costs of manual and autonomous solutions is developed. As a result of the method, a smart man-machine collaborative interface is designed and its impact evaluated on a specific case of study. Results are then generalized and prove the strong conclusions that in unconstrained environments, where full standardization cannot be achieved, the risk of investing in autonomous solutions can only be mitigated by creating a fast and smart man-machine collaborative interface.

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Author of HS ReutlingenBonini, Marco; Prenesti, Domenico; Urru, Augusto; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang
Erschienen in:4th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (ICALT)
Place of publication:Piscataway, NJ
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2015
Tag:autonomous systems; autonomous unloading; logistics; man-machine collaborative interface; parcel robot; risk mitigation; unloading systems
Page Number:6
First Page:47
Last Page:52
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt